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Judy  Kruger

Adjunct Assoc Professor

Associate Professor

Adjunct or Visiting, Environmental Health

Dr. Judy Kruger is a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP) and an Associate Adjunct Professor within the Gangarosa Department of Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. She has a background in coordinating public health emergencies, and integrating public health, medical and public safety response agencies, and partners. As an emergency management public health epidemiologist, she is recognized for providing operational guidance, translational research, and technical expertise to help inform priorities and establish quantifiable actions. She has participated in preparedness planning, response and mitigation, and recovery and evaluation domestically and globally.

Dr. Kruger has served the community during disease outbreaks on Task Forces to share strategy and guidance with state and local partners to address preparedness gaps at all levels of government. She has volunteered with Georgia’s All-Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT), American Red Cross of Greater Atlanta, and DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency's Community Emergency Response Team.  She has been a first responder for more than 19 public health emergencies such as the Anthrax attack in New York, West Nile virus outbreak, Ebola response, Zika virus, Polio virus, COVID-19, and natural disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and winter storms.

She loves helping students identify how to respond to public health emergencies, recognize key cross-sectorial stakeholders, build resilience to cope with stress and hardship, and apply resilience strategies and tools during and post-deployments. She also strives to help communities recover from the COVID-19 pandemic and embrace new technologies that shape the way we live, and transform how we learn, work, socialize and consume. Dr. Kruger is particularly interested in helping communities become more resilient and robust, promoting safety of our citizens from hybrid threats and homeland security issues, and avoiding supply shortages.

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Contact Information

Rollins School of Public Health, 1518 Clifton Road NE

Atlanta , GA 30322


Phone: 404-386-3029

Fax: 404-471-8034


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Areas of Interest

  • Built Environment
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Services Research
  • Public Health Practice
  • Public Health Preparedness and Response
  • Risk Assessment
  • Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene


  • PhD 2001, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • MS 1997, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • BSc 1993, University of Waterloo

Affiliations & Activities

Center for Homeland Security Defense and Security, Naval Post Graduate School, Monterey, CA (2020-2021)

Association of Healthcare Emergency Preparedness Professionals (AHEPP) Research Committee, Omaha, NE (2017-2022)

Disaster Recovery Institute (DRI) International, Dearborn, MI (2020)

Crisis Management and Business Continuity, MIT Management Executive Education (2020)

Sam Nunn Security Fellowship, Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Atlanta, GA (9/2017-5/2018)

Center for Health Security, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD (2015)

RAND Summer Institute on the Demography, Economics, Psychology, and Epidemiology, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, Santa Monica, CA (July 2013)



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  • , , Essential Public Health Services Framework: Use for Rebuilding Communities., American Journal of Public Health, 109,
  • , , Preparing communities to evacuate for major hurricanes: What is the public health role? , American Journal of Public Health, 109,
  • , , Community lifeline framework for leveraging stabilization in response and recovery to major hurricanes. , Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness, December 19, 1-2
  • , , Enhancing individual and community disaster preparedness: Individuals with disabilities, access and functional needs., Disability and Health Journal, 11, 170-173
  • , , Household emergency preparedness perceptions among US adults. , Health Promotion Practice, ,
  • , , School district crisis preparedness, response, and recovery plans—2006, 2012 and 2016. , Morbidity, Mortality Weekly Report, ,
  • , , Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response in Liberia: National expert group meeting, September 15-19, 2015. , Weekly Epidemiological Record, ,
  • , , National and state-specific attitudes toward smoke-free parks among US adults., International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13, 864
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  • , , Smoke-free rules and secondhand smoke exposure in vehicles among US adults—National Adult Tobacco Survey, 2009-2010 and 2013-2014., International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13,
  • , , National and State-Specific Attitudes toward Tobacco-free School Grounds among U.S. Adults, 2009-2010. , Preventing Chronic Disease, 12,
  • , , Preparation for Ebola in Côte d’Ivoire: WHO Ebola response and preparedness support team, October 2014. , Weekly Epidemiological Record, , 62-68
  • , , Secondhand smoke and smoking restrictions in Casinos: A review of the evidence. , Tobacco Control, 24, 11-17
  • , , Smoke-free home and vehicle rules by tobacco use status among U.S. adults. , Preventive Medicine, 78, 9-13
  • , , Physician advice on avoiding secondhand smoke exposure and referrals for smoking cessation services, BMC Tobacco Induced Diseases., 10,
  • , , Progress Toward Poliomyelitis Eradication—Chad, January 2011-June 2012. , MMWR, 61, 858-862
  • , , Walking increases among African American adults following a community-based physical activity intervention: Racial and ethnic approaches to community health (REACH) 2002-2005. , Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice, 5, 43-54
  • , , An analysis of state legislation on community trails., Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 7, 40-47
  • , , Building on partnerships: Reconnecting kids with nature for health benefits., Health Promotion Practice, 11, 340-346
  • , , Effects of the built environment on physical activity of adults living in rural settings., American Journal of Health Promotion, 24, 267-283
  • , , State Legislative Support for Parks., Environmental Health Insight , 4, 27-31
  • , , Physical activity in the park setting (PA-PS) questionnaire: Reliability in a California Statewide Sample., Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 6, 97-104
  • , , State legislation to improve employee wellness., American Journal of Health Promotion, 23, 283-291
  • , , The prescribed amount of physical activity in randomized clinical trials in older adults., Gerontologist, 49, 100-107
  • , , Prevalence of transportation and leisure walking among U.S. adults. , Preventive Medicine, 47, 329-334